Appraisal Technician

Columbus Consolidated Government
Full Time $15 Per hour GA 100 E 10th St, Columbus, GA 31901, United States


Major Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the Tax Assessors Office.

  • Be thoroughly familiar with the Appraisal Cycle and know specific calendar periods when various information is due and must be processed.
  • Process newly recorded deeds into the IASWorld System. Contact attorneys, surveyors or other appropriate points of contact when questions arise with problem deeds.
  • Verify deeds processed. Check with the Clerk of Superior Court for late deeds entered.
  • Search Transfers for incomplete transactions and research why they are incomplete.
  • Accept Property Tax Returns (PT-50R), check information and enter into the system.
  • Route returns to the appropriate division.
  • Check and process mail received including email and respond as necessary.
  • Process requests for change of mailing address by telephone or mail.
  • Process returned mail and prepare for posting on website.
  • Print copies for taxpayers and collect any money due.
  • Access Clerk of Superior Court and GIS website daily to check deeds and maps.
  • Accept and verify new and renewal 100% Disabled Veterans letters.
  • Verify and process applications for Homestead, Conservation Use Value Assessment, Forest Land Protection and other applications for non-taxability.
  • Manually remove homesteads when needed or reinstate homesteads when proper documentation is provided.
  • Review Requests for Non-Disclosure, confirm property ownership and obtain applicant identification. Verifies property ownership information.
  • Writes and mails letters to taxpayers as needed.
  • Answer phones and greet walk-in taxpayers to answer inquiries regarding fair market value procedures, appeal deadlines, Homestead, Conservation Use Assessment, Forest Land Protection and other requests for exemption.
  • Assists in arranging appointments for the Board of Tax Assessors and the Board of Equalization.
  • Assist taxpayers in understanding and calculating tax bills when referred by the Tax Commissioner’s Office.
  • Proofreads and corrects materials provided by Appraisers.
  • Files tax record cards for Commercial and Residential Properties.
  • Maintain files and store Property Tax Returns and returned mail.
  • Any additional duties that are required to prepare the Digest.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of office administration practices and procedures, such as letter writing and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Knowledge of applicable state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of auditing and accounting techniques and procedures.
  • Skill in using computers and various software programs.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in reading tax maps.
  • Skill in cross referencing and tracing old deeds.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to read, write, and perform mathematical calculations

Minimum Educational and Training Requirements

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the occupational field, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education. Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for two years.  

Physical Requirements

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee must occasionally lift light objects.

  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back.
  • Manual Dexterity – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.

The work is typically performed in an office, library, or computer room.